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“I cannot choose one hundred best books because I have only written five”*…

 

Fernando Sdrigotti, The Situationist Guide to Parenting

Since the arrival of twins, Spirulina and Ocelot, I have been indebted to my great friend and editor Fernando Sdrigotti for his invaluable parenting guide, inspired by the philosopher and alcoholic Guy Debord. No more awkward silences during the hours it seems to take the au pair to dry her hair — Sdrigotti’s guide provides no end of suitable conversation topics for bright 2 year olds, from Peppa Pig’s role in mediating social interactions between toddlers in the nursery to detourning the playground. Can’t afford another holiday abroad this year? Just remember, as Sdrigotti tells us, beneath each playpen lies the beach! The Situationist Guide to Parenting shifts the paradigm of the self-help genre, reinventing Sdrigotti as a Dr Spock for the modern dad.

It’s that time again– time for a cascade of “year’s best” lists.  Here, from 3:am Magazine, a particularly satisfying one: from the tantalizing title above to such interest-piquers as Sima Nitram’s I Fucking Hate Don XL, George Glaciate-Furbisher’s Flenge’s Dictum, and Diana Smith-Higglebury, Reclaimed Territory: A post-Brexit Britain Household Companion, a list of books that one needn’t feel bad for not reading…  as they don’t exist.  Hilariously ridiculous authors, titles, and critical precis– wonder at what might have been at “3:am books of the year.”

* Oscar Wilde

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As we turn to books that we should perhaps actually read, we might send closely-observed birthday greetings to Gustave Flaubert; he was born on this date in 1821.  Best remembered now for his 1856 novel Madame Bovary, (and his meticulous devotion to his style and aesthetics), Flaubert reportedly woke at 10am every day and promptly hammered on his ceiling, to get his mother to come down and talk to him.

Flaubert helped to introduce a new form of realism into fiction; as a consequence he and his work had considerable influence on later writers, from his protege Guy de Maupassant to Joseph Conrad and James Joyce.

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Written by LW

December 12, 2017 at 1:01 am

“He do the Police in different voices”…

Caricature of Charles Dickens, Alfred Bryan (1852–1899)
superimposed on
Our Mutual Friend, autograph manuscript, 1862–65, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

Charles Dickens was Britain’s first true literary superstar; the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, he enjoyed unprecedented fame in his lifetime, in the U.K. and around the world.  And, of course, he remains a fixture of The Canon even today– his work is still not only widely read but also widely adapted for stage and screen.

In commemoration of Dickens’ bi-centennial (his two-hundredth birthday will be February 7), The Morgan Library is throwing a party: “Dickens at 200“:

The Morgan Library & Museum’s collection of Dickens manuscripts and letters is the largest in the United States and is one of the two greatest collections in the world, along with the holdings of Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Charles Dickens at 200 celebrates the bicentennial of the great writer’s birth in 1812 with manuscripts of his novels and stories, letters, books, photographs, original illustrations, and caricatures. Sweeping in scope, the exhibition captures the art and life of a man whose literary and cultural legacy is unrivaled.

The exhibit opens this week, and runs through February 12.

As we note that even though it was the best of times, it was also the worst of times, we might recall that it was on this date in 1856 that Revue de Paris published the first installment of Madame Bovary, by the Anti-Dickens, Gustave Flaubert. The novel’s final chapters ran on December 15, 1856; it was published in book form in 1857.

Title page of the first edition (source)

Grim fairy tales…

Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princess Project…  very grim fairy tales indeed. (From JPG Magazine)

As we wish upon a star, we note that the anti-fabulist Gustave Flaubert went on trial in Paris on this date in 1857 for “offences against public morality,” a transgression attributed by prosecutors to his novel Madame Bovary.

Flaubert

Coincidentally on that same day,  Charles Baudelaire’s slim volume of verse, Les Fleurs du Mal, was published; prosecutors quickly nailed him and his publishers on the same charge.

Written by LW

June 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

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